24 July 2010

Quote for the day

"Usually, when I ask some Calvinist whether he is really a Calvinist (in the sense, say, of believing that I will end up in hell), there
is a slight reluctance to say yes, and a slight wince from his congregation. I have come to the conclusion that this has something to do with the justly famed tradition of Southern hospitality: You can't very easily invite somebody to your church and then to supper and inform him that he's marked for perdition. More to the point, though, you soon discover that many of those attending are not so sure about all the doctrines, either, just as you very swiftly find out that a vast number of Catholics don't truly believe more than about half of what their church instructs them to think. Every now and then I read reports of polls that tell me that more Americans believe in the virgin birth or the devil than believe in Darwinism: I'd be pretty sure that at least some of these are unwilling to confess their doubts to someone who calls them up on their kitchen phone. Meanwhile, by any measurement, the number of those who profess allegiance to no church (I am not claiming these as atheists, just skeptics) are the fastest-growing minority in America. And don't tell me that warfare increases faith and that there are no unbelievers in foxholes: Only recently I was invited to a very spirited meeting of the freethinkers' group at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., where there has been a revolt against on-campus proselytizing by biblical-literalist instructors."

4 Comments:

Anonymous Tim said...

Ya got to love Hitchens. I don't always with him but when he talks about Religion or atheism I'm with him.

24 July, 2010 16:53  
Anonymous rita said...

Only recently I was invited to a very spirited meeting of the freethinkers' group at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., where there has been a revolt against on-campus proselytizing by biblical-literalist instructors."

HA! It's about time.:)
It is heartening to think the upcoming generations will not be as tolerant or meek about religious abuses as previous generations have been.

24 July, 2010 17:26  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh .... Mr. Hitchens ... he's quite a fella, heh? He will have a whole schlew of quote's for thought and reason at that!

Thanx Guy!

25 July, 2010 06:29  
Anonymous madmike said...

The Calvinists? Sixteenth Century religious assholes. Responsible for influencing (maybe) Elizabeth and the Tudors before her and that influence was not positive for the Catholics. Torture, murder, harassment, and etc. I Love Mr. Hitchens. Well maybe not love but he has it together. Praise the Lord :-)

26 July, 2010 09:19  

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